Indonesian Military Officer’s Home Hit in Papua Firebombing

Indonesian Military Officer’s Home Hit in Papua Firebombing

, 7 December 2010


By: Banjir Ambarita & Markus Junianto Sihaloho


A group of unidentified men hurled what appeared to be Molotov cocktails at the residence of a military officer in Jayapura, Papua, early on Tuesday, causing no injuries and minimal damage, the military said.

The front and back doors of the home of Maj. Heru Jatmiko at a military housing complex in northern Jayapura caught fire during the incident at around 2 a.m., said Lt. Col. Harry Priyatna, a spokesman for the regional military command.

“The fire was quickly extinguished,” Harry said.

Heru, who serves at the regional military command’s headquarters, said he was awoken by the sound of a thud on his front door. He found the door in flames.

A second thud, he said, hit the back door, which immediately caught fire.

Heru said neighbors helped him douse the flames.

Harry said the military believed five men had taken part in the arson attack.

Police said no suspects had been named.

Harry added that it was still unclear whether the fires were caused by Molotov cocktails. Investigators found empty bottles at the scene.

Army spokesman Col. Wiryantoro said they were still collecting information over the latest attacks in Papua.

But he said that the recent security disturbances had not prompted the authorities to call for reinforcements.

This is the second incident of violence targeted at military personnel in Papua in the span of three days.

On Saturday, a civilian was killed at the Mulia Old Town Market in the Puncak Jaya district by four unknown gunmen.

Police believe the gunmen are members of the Free Papua Organization (OPM), an armed separatist group, and had meant to target three soldiers at the scene.